No Offer Yet for Jennifer Lawrence to Star in 'Hunger Games'

7:57 PM PST 03/11/2011 by Borys Kit

But the "Winter's Bone" actress is pulling ahead of the pack for the lead in the Suzanne Collins film adaptation.

Jennifer Lawrence to star in Hunger Games? Not yet.

While no offer nor any negotiations have occurred, sources say Lawrence, the Oscar-nominated star of Winter's Bone, is pulling ahead of a pack in the hotly contested race for the role of Katniss Everdeen, the plucky protagonist of the Suzanne Collins young adult novels. "She's got huge fans at the studio," says a source close to Lionsgate which is producing the first film in what could be a potential franchise, "but there is no final decision and certainly no offer."

Other actresses in the running for the adaptation include True Grit breakout Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.

Gary Ross is directing the movie, which is being produced by Nina Jacobson and her Color Force banner.

Everdeen is 16-years old in Hunger Games, and the casting of the tall 20-year old will set the age range for the expected trilogy.

The other major role to be cast will Everdeen's love interest, Peeta Mellark.

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